Midwest Energy News

Gov. Whitmer wants Michigan to prepare for ‘next era of mobility’

SOLAR: Multiple Midwest states struggle with solar access for low-income and marginalized communities, while a recent report from clean energy advocates calls on utilities to do more. (Energy News Network)

ALSO:
A proposed 200 MW solar project in southeastern Wisconsin would be the second-largest in the state. (Wisconsin Public Radio)
• Local officials will hold a public hearing today for a proposed 150 MW solar project in west-central Illinois. (Journal Courier)
• County officials approve plans for a community solar project in southeastern Minnesota. (Winona Daily News)

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TRANSPORTATION:
Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signs executive orders creating an office of “future mobility and electrification” and a chief mobility officer position. (Michigan Radio)
• Experts say more coordination is needed between automakers and auto dealers to prepare for the growth of electric vehicles. (E&E News, subscription)

PIPELINES: Presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg tweets his opposition to the Line 5 pipeline, which earns praise from Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel. (Michigan Advance)

GRID: A project by Ameren Missouri aims to strengthen the electric grid in Jefferson City, leading to fewer outages during extreme weather. (News Tribune)

POLICY: Illinois advocates continue to build support around the proposed Clean Energy Jobs Act, saying it would put the state on strong renewable energy path while including equity provisions. (Daily Northwestern)

CLIMATE:
• Cedar Rapids, Iowa, officials pass a resolution committing to a series of community-wide climate change goals, including net zero carbon emissions by 2050. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)
A trade group representing 2,000 community-owned electric utilities in the U.S. unanimously approves a resolution calling for federal policy action on climate change. (E&E News, subscription)
• Experts weigh in on the increasing number of corporations making climate commitments and decipher when plans will lead to meaningful action. (Ensia)

OIL & GAS: A valve leak causes 105,000 gallons of treated produced water to spill in northwestern North Dakota. (Associated Press)

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WIND: Warren Buffett says Iowa wind energy has helped Berkshire Hathaway Energy reduce costs by selling excess power back to utilities that supplants the need for fossil fuels at certain times. (Bloomberg)

COMMENTARY:
• Proposed changes to the federal Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act could create uncertainty for renewable developers, an attorney says. (Utility Dive)
• A former Republican congressman from Illinois says the proposed Clean Energy Jobs Act would “continue to favor taxpayer subsidies and higher electric bills.” (Crain’s Chicago Business)

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